A notice from the Delhi Commission for Women demanding access to files relating to the CCTV project for an inquiry into the “delay” behind the installation, has left the Home Department peeved, prompting it to seek legal opinion.
The notice, signed by DCW chief Swati Maliwal, was sent on October 23. The commission has initiated a probe into the delay, despite the Delhi Cabinet’s approval to the project a month ago. The Public Works Department maintained that the purchase orders for the project will be placed “in a day or two”.
The commission has sought “detailed reasons for non-installation of CCTVs across Delhi till date”; “date-wise steps taken at the level of secretary (Home) till date for implementation of Cabinet decision”; “copies of files”; and “detailed timeline by which CCTVs shall be installed”.
The notice stated that Section 10 (iii) (d) of the Delhi Commission for Women Act, 1994, empowers the DCW to seek any information, requisition any record or copy thereof from any office for examining matters relating to safety of women and act as a civil court.
Additional Chief Secretary Manoj Parida, in-charge of PWD and Home departments, said that following the Cabinet’s expenditure and administrative approval for the Rs 571-crore project in September, it was examined by the work advisory board.
“The tender finalisation takes time… Minutes of the work advisory board meeting are under issue. The DCW cannot interfere in the tendering process…. The amount involved is nearly Rs 600 crore. Such notices will only delay the project’s execution,” Parida said.
He added that the Home and PWD departments have not yet responded to the notice. “We are seeking legal opinion on the matter,” he said.